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Unformatted text preview: LD.org | Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the Graduation Rate of Students with Learning Disabilities | 23 Recommendations
To help improve the graduation rate of students with learning disabilities as well as ensure consistency
and comparability in the graduation data for the subgroup of students with disabilities, the National
Center for Learning Disabilities makes the following policy recommendations: At the federal level:
the U.S. Department of
should continue to require use of the Fourr Congress and Cohort Graduation RateEducationfor reporting and accountability purposes
at the school, district, state, and federal levels for all groups of students as required under
the 2008 graduation rate regulation. Use of extended-year cohorts, such as five- and sixyear rates should continue to be allowed. However, these extended-year rates should be
reported separately and the emphasis should remain on graduating students in four years.
r Congress should codify all aspectsandthe 2008 graduation rate regulation including the
reauthorization of the Elementary
Secondary Education Act (ESEA),
requirement to establish a single graduation rate goal and annual targets that apply to all
student groups, and ensure that graduation is a significant factor in overall state-defined
accountability systems for high schools.
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- Spring '14